Going grain-free has become a popular diet trend in recent years. Common versions include the gluten-free diet, Paleo diet, and the ketogenic diet. They vary slightly, but all three focus on removing grains from your diet.
Gluten-free diets exclude only grains, like wheat, that contain gluten. Paleo eaters don’t consume any grains because these weren’t eaten by our Paleolithic ancestors. The ketogenic diet focuses on eating fats and protein in favor of carbohydrates, which includes grains.
There are arguments both for and against cutting out grains. For people with a gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, avoiding gluten is important for managing digestive symptoms. But for those without a known reaction to gluten, avoiding it might not be necessary.
The bottom line is that everyone’s body is different, and what works well for you may not work for someone else. If you’re interested in learning more about grain-free diets or expanding your meal plan options, these books can help.
Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar — Your Brain’s Silent Killers
“Grain Brain” explores the connection between what we eat and brain health. Neurologist David Perlmutter explains how carbs and sugar can contribute to certain conditions, like dementia, anxiety, depression, and ADHD, and why he believes we should avoid eating them. The book also offers tips for how to nurture your brain through diet and lifestyle.
The Grain-Free Family Table: 125 Delicious Recipes for Fresh, Healthy Eating Every Day
Carrie Vitt started her grain-free diet after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, as a way to ease symptoms. Soon after going grain-free, she found there weren’t many recipes out there. Carrie created “The Grain-Free Family Table,” to make the diet easier and more appetizing for her and her family. Her book has 125 recipes that are easy to make and family-friendly.
My Paleo Patisserie: An Artisan Approach to Grain Free Baking
A patisserie is a place where French pastries and cakes are sold. “My Paleo Patisserie” uses the French style of baking to create grain-free treats. Baker Jenni Hulet explains traditional techniques and teaches you how to apply them to a paleo version of the desserts. Her creations are also artfully photographed and displayed throughout the book.
The Best Grain-Free Family Meals on the Planet
Cooking for a family can be tricky, especially if some members are on a special diet. In “The Best Grain-Free Family Meals on the Planet,” author Laura Fuentes, who has a grain-free household, shares 170 recipes that meet dietary restrictions. This includes paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, or nut-free. There’s also something for every meal — from breakfast to dessert.
Keto Comfort Foods
Sometimes the ketogenic diet can be difficult to stick to. Since it eliminates sugars and grains, you may get stuck eating the same meals over and over again — and when you get bored, you’re less likely to stick to a diet. “Keto Comfort Foods” teaches you how to make keto-friendly versions of your favorite comfort foods, like steak fries and cheesecake. There are over 170 recipes that use low-calorie sugar substitutes and avoid gluten.
30 Days Grain-Free: A Day-by-Day Guide and Meal Plan for Beginning a Grain-Free Diet
Thinking about trying a grain-free diet? “30 Days Grain-Free” is written to help you kickstart your new eating plan. This book provides recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner to cover about 30 days. Author and gluten-free mom, Cara Comini, also offers words of advice and encouragement along with her recipes.
Eat Beautiful: Grain-free, Sugar-free and Loving It
Sometimes we get stuck in a food rut while trying to eat a special diet. “Eat Beautiful” aims to help you branch out, with recipes to fit different needs. A list of over 100 recipes includes options for those who are grain-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, nut-free, and more. Author Megan Stevens even gives you recipes for items she serves in her own café.
Without Grain: 100 Delicious Recipes for Eating a Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Wheat-Free Diet
Cutting out grains can seem overwhelming at first. They’re almost everywhere! “Without Grain” helps make things easier, giving you a practical guide to going grain-free. In addition to its 100 recipes, the book also explains the benefits of a grain-free diet and teaches you how to stock your pantry and use grain-free flours.
The Keto Diet: The Complete Guide to a High-Fat Diet, with More Than 125 Delectable Recipes and 5 Meal Plans to Shed Weight, Heal Your Body, and Regain Confidence
This guide to the ketogenic diet focuses on weight loss. “The Keto Diet” explains how you can eat healthy fats and actually train your body to burn fat. There are hundreds of different recipes. Author Leanne Vogel also provides tips on how to personalize the diet to fit your needs.
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